Flexible Computation in Intelligent Systems:
Results, Issues, and Opportunities
AAAI Fall Symposium
November 9-11, 1996
Cambridge, MA, USA
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Flexible computation refers to procedures that allow a graceful tradeoff
to be made between the quality of results and allocations of costly resources,
such as time, memory, or information. Systems employing flexible computation
gain the ability to adapt the quality of their response to dynamic changes in
requirements for precision, and to uncertainty or variation in the cost of
computational commodities. Recent examples of flexible computation techniques
include memory-bounded search, anytime algorithms, approximate query
processing, and a variety of imprecise computation techniques. Flexible
computation has been applied to combinatorial optimization, planning,
probabilistic inference, decision making, and theorem proving. Our goal is to
explore results, critical problems, and opportunities via invited talks,
presentation papers, and panel discussions.
Topics of interest include:
fundamental properties of flexible computation
scheduling and monitoring of flexible computation
partitioning resources between object-level and meta-level
representation and learning of performance profiles
flexible system specification and evaluation
programming techniques supporting construction and composition
benefits and overhead associated with use of flexible computation
applications of flexible computation
We are especially interested in experiences with applications in time-critical
environments, or other resource-limited situations.
We invite the participation of researchers who have been working on problems in
areas including artificial intelligence, information retrieval, databases,
operating systems, communications, signal processing, robotics, and numerical
analysis. We are interested in both analytical and experimental work.
Prospective participants should submit a brief paper (5 pages or less) or an
extended abstract describing their research or interests. Papers should be
submitted electronically via ftp to flexcomp.microsoft.com/flexcomp96.
Participants will have an opportunity to contribute to the final working notes.
All submissions must be received by 5PM: April 15, 1996
Notification of acceptance on or before: May 17, 1996
Camera-ready copy for working notes due: Aug 23, 1996
For additional information or inquiries, feel free to contact the Symposium
Registration will be in the foyer of the Tang Center, Building E51,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We strongly urge participants to
register early as this will minimize the hassle associated with registering at
the conference. AAAI will forward registrants a working notes for the
conference ahead of time.
AAAI has reserved a block of rooms at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The rate is
$129.00 for a single or double room. Symposium attendees must contact the Royal
Sonesta Hotel directly. Please identify yourself as an American Association for
Artificial Intelligence Fall Symposium registrant to qualify for the reduced
Royal Sonesta Hotel
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Parking on the MIT campus is restricted Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to
4:00 PM. As the dates for the Symposium coincide with a state holiday and
normal business will not be conducted at the Institute on those dates, parking
by visitors will be permitted in the surrounding lots. Public parking is also
available in the garage adjacent to the Marriot Hotel.
Campus Police Parking and Traffic Division has compiled this list of public
parking facilities for your use. Please note that all information is subject to
change and should not be considered final.
139 Massachusetts Avenue
($7.00 per day, $2.00 hour.)
Park and Lock:
354 3rd Street
($6.00 per day.)
Four Cambridge Center (Entrance is on Ames St. and Broadway)
($2.75 for one hour, $5.25 for two hours, $7.75 for twelve hours, $10.50 for 24
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($2.25 for one hour, $4.50 for two hours, $6.75 for twelve hours, $9.00 for 24
This information is the best available at time of printing. Fares and routes
change frequently. Please check by telephoning the appropriate numbers below
for the most up-to-date information.
Arrival by Air
Logan International Airport is approximately five miles from the MIT campus.
Taxi fare to the campus is approximately $15.00, regardless of the number of
passengers. Public transportation to MIT is available; although an inexpensive
alternative, it is quite cumbersome with luggage and not recommended.
Arrival by Train
You will arrive in Boston at South Station. Taxi service and public
transportation are available.
Arrival by Car
MIT is located in Cambridge on Memorial Drive, a major roadway in the region's
highway system. From the west and northwest, there is access to Memorial Drive
from the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) and Route 2. From the north
(Interstate 93/Southeast Expressway), the suggested approach is to connect with
Storrow Drive in Boston via the central artery bridgeways, heading west on
Storrow Drive. Take the Massachusetts Avenue exit onto the Harvard Bridge which
crosses the Charles River and leads you straight to MIT's central entrance at
77 Massachusetts Avenue (Building 7).
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We wish to remind contributors that have not yet faxed in their release forms
to fax their forms to 206-936-1616. This will allow the working notes to be
distributed as a AAAI technical report. All attendees should attempt to
pre-register to minimize the time and effort with registering at the
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